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Excerpt from "The Amityville Horror" Movie Review for About.com by Rebecca Murray, About.com Guide
“Houses don’t kill people. People kill people.” That’s as deep as this 2005 version of “The Amityville Horror” gets. But then again, I don’t know a single person who goes to an American horror movie and expects deep, philosophical entertainment. Studios understand that and anything that’s even slightly intellectual is yanked out of the horror genre and labeled a thriller. And this isn’t a thriller by any stretch of the imagination. This new, reworked, revamped “Amityville Horror” is a full-on horror flick with character development taking a back seat to ghosts and other things that go bump in the night (at 3:15am to be exact).
I remember the book and I recently caught another airing of the first “Amityville Horror” on cable, and I believe those two factors heavily influenced my view of this remake. It’s impossible to try and forget the first film, or the book it’s based on, while watching this 2005 edition. For pure scares, this one may be the better of the two movies. For sticking to the story as told by the Lutz family to writer Jay Anson, this one appears to have forsaken the source material in lieu of more in-your-face frights.
Link to the full article: http://movies.about.com/od/theamityvillehorror/a/amityvill041405.htm
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